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Report: Army coach Rich Ellerson fired

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One day after losing its 12th-straight game to arch-rival Navy, Army has decided to part ways with head coach Rich Ellerson, according to a report on Sunday night from Sports Illustrated.

Ellerson did lead Army to a 7-6 record and a bowl win in 2010, but his teams have gone 8-28 since.  Saturday’s 34-7 loss to the Midshipmen appeared to be the last straw for Ellerson as the Black Knights ended up 3-9 on the year. His five year record at Army is 20-41.

As for Ellerson’s replacement, SI thinks it could be someone with past experience at West Point:

Some names with West Point ties include Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, New York Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica, Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.

Whoever is hired will have one big task to start with: Beat Navy.

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18 Responses to “Report: Army coach Rich Ellerson fired”
  1. thegamecocker says: Dec 15, 2013 7:41 PM

    I do not understand why Army continues to lose to Navy EVERY YEAR!! Is Coach Niamoutolo (sp?) that good?

  2. queenlivekillers says: Dec 15, 2013 7:59 PM

    Yes, Navy’s coach IS that good. He has taken the solid foundation Paul Johnson laid and built on it. Army needs someone who can do a similar job of utilizing the talent available at a service academy.

  3. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 15, 2013 8:18 PM

    Lane Kiffin. He had a track record of respecting others and following rules so he will fit right in.

    “I’m picking up on your sarcasm. Well that’s good because I’m laying it on pretty thick.”

  4. lbijake says: Dec 15, 2013 8:34 PM

    Kiffin could really repair his rep if he could succeed at the Point. Interesting choice.

  5. jdbaker01 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:05 PM

    Does this mean Saban’s gonna get yet another extension? $10M a year?

  6. vstar1us says: Dec 15, 2013 9:57 PM

    Ok, the Army Team has weight restrictions and maybe the should be playing in Div ii ! I am a Army diehard fan, and love all the fan fare with it………
    Go Army

  7. titansbro says: Dec 15, 2013 10:29 PM

    Army would never lower themselves far enough to hire Lane Kiffin.

  8. nofunleague says: Dec 15, 2013 11:15 PM

    They ought to cancel all of the Military school teams. They are just a waste of tax payer money.

  9. germanflats13a38 says: Dec 15, 2013 11:30 PM

    nofunleague is living up to his namesake.

    I’m quite sure better men than the norm have found great value in the military academy’s sports program, regardless as to whether the teams are successful.

    It is not mere straw arguments supporting the idea that there is inherent value in the participation in team sports.

  10. detroit20iron says: Dec 15, 2013 11:38 PM

    nofunleague is a civilian toad who never served.

  11. normtide says: Dec 16, 2013 9:43 AM

    I’m an army guy, and I’m ready to beat navy. I respect all the academies, my dad served navy and I served army. I know it’s hard to win at west point, but the right guy can. It’s like the needle and the haystack, finding that right coach. The presidents trophy is fun when all three committee with each other.

  12. taintedlombardis says: Dec 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    Saw this a couple of weeks ago…

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/355578000

  13. nderdog says: Dec 16, 2013 2:07 PM

    vstar1us – you do know that Navy has the same restrictions but is still able to field a competitive team, right?

    Go Navy, Beat Army!

  14. triplenickel40 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:29 PM

    I don’t believe that academy players have weight restrictions. During my days at Army in the early ’90s I roomed with an offensive tackle. He explained to me that football players got an exception to the usual military height/weight requirements until their final game senior year. Then they had until graduation to meet the weight requirements or not graduate. I believe that policy is still in place.

  15. wethog66 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:44 PM

    @nofunleague

    Hate to burst your bubble but the Naval Academy does not use tax payer money to fund their athletic program. The US Naval Academy Alumni Association funds all Navy athletic programs and they own and/or maintain all athletic sports venues, including Navy/Marine Corp Memorial Stadium.

    And I feel confident in saying that is the same for the other service academy’s, but I am not 100% sure.

    That is why earlier this year all the BS about the Air Force/Navy game might be canceled because of the sequester. That was never going to happen because the Air Force Football team doesn’t use Military means to travel from game to game. Now transporting Air Force Cadets to the game was an issue, but the team itself travels on a private charter payed for by their alumni association.

  16. fhsmct says: Dec 17, 2013 9:59 AM

    Thanks for giving 100% effort: now loose 50+ pounds of muscle, not fat or you’ll have not the career your worked so, so hard for . . .

    ( football players got an exception to the usual military height/weight requirements until their final game senior year. Then they had until graduation to meet the weight requirements or not graduate. I believe that policy is still in place.)

  17. fhsmct says: Dec 17, 2013 10:19 AM

    also, whats the salary differential at the 3 schools:

    USMA Head Coach $401,500

    Navy’s head coach, a bit more than $1.5 million in 2013. That’s down from $1.6 million last year

    Air Force head coach $900,000+/-.
    That does not include up to $247,500 in potential bonus money

    In the big business world of college football, you gets what you pay for . . .

  18. loucella1 says: Dec 19, 2013 3:04 AM

    http://tripleoptionfootball.com/2013/12/15/college-athletic-directors-hire-ashley-ingram-as-your-head-football-coach-today/

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